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Protect yourself from higher energy costs

heating service new hampshireIt seems every time we turn around, something is taking a bigger bite out of our wallets this year. We felt the pain at the pump when we filled our cars’ gas tanks. At the grocery store, we watched the price of everything creep up. Clothing, household essentials, and so many other things became more expensive.

It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us are looking toward the coming winter with dread, especially since it is forecast to be colder than normal.

We have no idea where energy costs will go this coming winter. At Johnny Prescott, we help our customers keep their heating costs under control in multiple ways. One way is with pricing and payment options for heating oil and propane.

Another way is with expert furnace and boiler maintenance by our team of skilled and experienced service technicians. Now is the ideal time to schedule your heating system’s annual maintenance tune-up. Because most people put this off until later in the fall, our schedule is more open so we can do your tune-up sooner and at a time that is more convenient for you. No matter when the first cold snap hits, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your boiler or furnace is ready to go.

But that’s not the only reason to schedule your tune-up now. Regular professional maintenance of your heating system can help you save money, something we could all use right now.

Why a heating system tune-up is good

These are the four benefits you receive when opting for a professional furnace or boiler tune-up every year.

Improve energy efficiency. Maintaining your heating system appropriately will allow it to operate at its peak efficiency. This energy efficiency may help you save 10% or more on your heating expenses. Because heating frequently makes up half of a household’s energy spending in winter, the improved efficiency a tune-up provides could save you a nice amount of money!

Prevent breakdowns. There’s a reason they call it “preventative maintenance.” If your heating system is not maintained on a regular basis, it may cost you money. Four out of five heating system repairs may have been avoided if the systems had been professionally and regularly maintained. By having our skilled, experienced service technicians do a tune-up on your furnace or boiler, not only will it run more smoothly, but our service technicians will also have the opportunity to inspect it closely. This gives them the opportunity to detect potential problems and fix them before they develop into bigger problems that could lead to a breakdown and potentially costly repairs.

Protect your boiler or furnace. Heating systems that are properly maintained have a longer life expectancy than those that are not. You won’t have to replace your furnace or boiler as often, giving you a greater return on your investment.

Keep the warranty in effect. Most manufacturers require that your heating equipment be serviced by a professional once a year to keep its warranty intact. If you don’t get the servicing, you risk being held responsible for big repair bills later because your warranty will have been voided.

Cross an item off your fall to-do list and contact Johnny Prescott today to schedule your annual heating system’s annual maintenance tune-up!

Get peace of mind with Johnny Prescott!

fuel delivery new hampshireFor more than 80 years, Johnny Prescott has been serving New Hampshire with reliable fuel delivery. We take pride in our reputation for dependability and responsiveness in taking care of our neighbors.

That is why we offer Automatic Delivery to our customers. It helps us to serve you better by making sure you always have heating oil or propane without worries about checking your tank gauge regularly or running out of fuel.

How does Automatic Delivery work?

Johnny Prescott accurately predicts when you will need more heating oil or propane by utilizing the latest technology and a tried-and-true method of calculation. Our computer algorithms use your fuel usage history, real-time temperatures, and weather patterns to calculate when your tank will be 30% full.

We schedule your fuel delivery based on that data, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of propane or heating oil. No more heading out in the cold or wet to check your tank gauge levels, no more having to contact us to request a delivery. Your work is done!

We take your fuel usage history into account when we calculate Automatic Delivery, so it’s critical that you let us know about anything that would significantly change how much propane or heating oil you use. Examples of this include:

What happens if you run out of heating oil or propane?

If you run out of heating oil, your heating system won’t work, and your house could become dangerously cold.

A heating oil run-out can also damage your heating system. Heating oil sludge could be sucked from the bottom of your heating oil tank, which can clog the oil filter and damage the oil line. You may end up needing to have the oil line bled and the filter replaced, which is an additional cost on top of the emergency heating oil delivery.

The problem with using Will-Call for your propane delivery is that if you forget to check your tank gauge, you could end up running out of propane. A propane run-out can’t be fixed by simply refilling your propane tank. You’re facing inconvenience and extra expenses.

If you need an emergency propane delivery, there will be an added fee. A pressure test on your gas lines to check for leaks in the piping is required and that cost is on you. You are also required to have a professional service technician re-light the pilots in all of your propane appliances, yet another bill you must pay.

Automatic delivery eliminates these hassles and costs.

Become a Johnny Prescott Automatic Delivery customer for peace of mind about your heating oil or propane supply!

Learn more about propane safety

propane leaks new hampshireThanks to stringent government regulations and high industry standards, propane has an outstanding record when it comes to safety. However, if you use propane in your New Hampshire home, there are some important things you need to know about propane safety to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Do you know what propane smells like and what to do if you detect that smell in your home? Those are two essential things to know.

Propane has no smell in its natural state. An odorant is added during processing to make leaks easier to detect. The smell is commonly described as being like rotten eggs.

If you smell that propane odor in your home, you must act immediately. Get everyone, including pets, out of the house right away. Put out items such as candles or cigarettes before you leave, and don’t use light switches or phones on your way out. Once you are safely away, call 911 and Johnny Prescott. Stay away the cause of the leak is fixed, all the pilots on your propane appliances are professionally re-lit, and you get permission from emergency personnel to return before you go back into the house. 

Can there be a propane leak without it being smelled?

Yes. Although it’s rare, there may be times when you have a propane leak in your home but can’t smell the rotten-egg odor. Reasons behind this include:

Instances like this are why we urge people who use propane appliances in their home to install propane leak detectors in the home, which will alert you to propane leaks even if you can’t smell gas. Carbon monoxide detectors cannot detect propane leaks.

Propane leak detectors are reasonably priced and are available at your local home improvement or hardware store, or online. They should be installed on all levels of your home near propane appliances and outside all sleeping areas.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Please get in touch with us at Johnny Prescott and we’ll be glad to answer them!

Johnny Prescott can upgrade you to a new high-efficiency water heater!

water heater repair new hampshireHave you been procrastinating on replacing your home’s water heater? It’s a bad idea to do so.

If you wait to long, you risk your water heater’s storage tank failing. You could be facing some big bills for cleanup and to repair damage in your home if that happens, and that’s on top of the cost of replacing it. You’ll also have to rush to replace the water heater, meaning you won’t have the time to be sure you get the right one for your home.

Johnny Prescott is here to help. Our equipment professionals will help you make the best choice in water heaters for your home and your budget, and our team of expert service technicians will install it to the highest standards of safety and quality.

Here are five signs that now is the time to upgrade to a new, efficient water heater.

Your water heater is 10 years old or older

A storage-type water heater has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. It’s time to begin planning to replace your water heater if it’s more than 10 years old. If you’re unsure how old your water heater is, you can use the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker to find out. The first letter in it corresponds to its month of production. The first two numbers are the year it was made. That means if the serial number on your water heater is E112738598, “E” is the fifth letter in the alphabet and corresponds to May, the fifth month of the year. The “11” stands for the year. That indicates that the water heater was manufactured in May of 2011. 

Rusty water

If you use hot water and your faucet produces rusty water, it’s likely coming from the water heater tank. Rusty hot water may indicate sediment buildup inside the tank. That could mean you soon could be dealing with a leak or a tank failure. Contact us right away. We’ll inspect your water and get started on replacement.

Weird noises

When the water in your water heater tank is being heated and you hear noises such as banging or rumbling, that is a sign that there is likely a buildup and solidification of sediment in the bottom of your tank. Often, this means that your water heater is beyond repair and needs to be replaced before it fails.

Wet floor around the water heater

Even small leaks can develop a little puddle or damp floor around your water heater over time, despite the fact that the leaks aren’t always easy to see. Even tiny leaks might lead to a small puddle or moist floor surrounding your water heater over time. Get in touch with us right away to have it checked out.

Soaring energy costs

Approximately 20% of the energy consumed in a home is used for water heating. It’s possible that any increase in your energy bills is due to an inefficient, poorly functioning water heater. A new, high-efficiency tankless water heater can cut your water heating energy costs by 40%!

You can trust Johnny Prescott with expert water heater installation and service. Get in touch with us today to get started on upgrading to a new water heater!

Protect your investment and your loved ones

furnace safety check new hampshireSummer is a busy time, and you probably do not want to be thinking about chilly weather and your home’s heating system. However, taking some time now to contact Johnny Prescott to schedule the annual maintenance tune-up for your furnace or boiler will reward you by giving you peace of mind and saving you money.

This is the ideal time to schedule your tune-up because we’re ahead of the fall rush and you’ll be able to get an appointment time that’s convenient for you.

Did you know that four out of five heating system breakdowns can be directly traced to a lack of maintenance? Invest in taking care of your boiler or furnace and you’ll be rewarded with a longer life expectancy and fewer repair bills!

What’s done during a tune-up and safety check?

A tune-up involves cleaning, inspecting, and preparing your home’s heating system for the job of keeping your home safe and warm during the coming fall and winter. The tasks our service technicians do turning the tune-up/safety check of your home’s furnace or boiler include:

Benefits of annual professional maintenance tune-ups

Spotting safety risks. A trained and experienced service technician like the ones at Johnny Prescott can spot the early warning signs of a potentially dangerous problem, such as a carbon monoxide leak, and fix it before it puts you and your family in danger.

Detecting problems. As our service technicians work on your heating system, they are also looking it over carefully. This gives them the chance to discover and fix problems before they become worse and cause a breakdown and the need for a service call for repairs. By the way, Johnny Prescott customers get 24/7 no-heat emergency service.

Helping your heating system run at peak efficiency. You may think you’re saving money by skipping tune-ups. You’re not. On average, a heating system will lose 5% of its energy efficiency each year if it’s not tuned up. A well-maintained furnace or boiler runs smoother, increasing its energy efficiency. Your tune-up will pay for itself with lower heating bills!

Protecting your warranty. Most HVAC manufacturers have a condition in their warranties requiring regular maintenance by a professional service technician to keep the warranty in effect. If you don’t get annual tune-ups and something goes wrong, your warranty may not be valid, leaving you to pay the bill.

Make things easy on yourself! Contact Johnny Prescott today to get your furnace or boiler tuned up before the heating season.

Get better control over your propane & heating oil costs

fuel budget plan new hampshireWhat with rising costs for gasoline, higher prices at the grocery store, and back-to-school shopping looming, many of us here in Greater Concord are looking for ways to stabilize and better control our household spending.

Johnny Prescott offers many solutions when it comes to managing your propane and heating oil expenses. One of those options is our Budget Plans, where we take your heating oil and propane costs and break them up into 11 equal, more affordable monthly installments.

Why enroll in the budget plan? It provides you with stable monthly payments instead of your fuel bills yo-yo-ing up and down throughout the year. Instead of paying for most of your fuel in just four or five months, you get the smaller bill over the course of the plan. You can effectively cut your winter heating costs in half!

Best of all, the Johnny Prescott Budget Plans are available at NO additional costs and NO hidden fees. You can enjoy the benefits of a Budget plan for free!

Enrollment is our Budget Plans is going on now and it’s a limited enrollment period so act fast to take advantage of this opportunity.

How do Johnny Prescott Budget Plans work?

We begin by using your propane or heating oil usage history over recent years. That data helps us come up with an estimate of what your next year’s usage will be. That figure is divided by 11 and we use current propane pricing to come up with how much your monthly installment will be.

As we said, this is an estimate. Depending on the weather, your heating oil or propane usage could change. Fuel pricing could go up or down over the course of the heating season, which is a reason why our Price Cap option is also popular with our customers.

These variables are why, at the end of your Budget Plan period, you may end up with a balance due or a credit on your account.

Now is the time to take the opportunity to have more control of your propane and heating oil costs. Contact us today to enroll in our Budget Plan and find out more about our other pricing and payment options!

Act now to protect your tank and home

oil tank service new hampshireYour home’s heating oil tank is probably not what you want to be dealing with right now, what with all the summer fun beckoning.

However, a little thought now can make life better later. We have two questions you need to answer so you’re ready when it comes time to turn on your home’s heating system this fall.

Should I replace my heating oil tank?

We’ll answer that question with another question: How old is your heating oil tank?

The average life expectancy of an aboveground heating oil tank is 25 years. If your heating oil tank is approaching that age, older, or if you have no idea of when it was installed, it’s time contact Johnny Prescott to start talking replacement.

Age isn’t the only thing to take into account. No matter how old your heating oil tank is, if you see any of the below signs, contact us right away as they are likely indicators of imminent heating oil tank failure.

Heating oil tank failure is expensive. You must not only replace the failed tank, but also have a professional safely remove and clean up spilled oil to government standards. Remediation of outdoor heating oil tank leaks can easily run into the thousands of dollars and potentially five figures. Most likely, none of this is covered under your homeowner’s insurance. That’s why it’s essential to replace your tank before it fails.

If you do need to replace your tank, you can be assured of getting a top-quality one from Johnny Prescott! Our tanks are built to last, with double-walled construction and built-in leak detectors. They also come with long-term warranties.

Should I fill my heating oil tank in the summer?

We understand that heating oil prices have been crazy in recent months. We also don’t know when that’s going to change.

But there are two reasons why filling your heating oil tank ahead of the fall rush may be a good idea. The first is that you’ll be ready when the first cold snap hits and won’t have to worry about running low on heating oil and needing the hassle and extra expense of an emergency heating oil delivery.

Johnny Prescott has pricing and payment options that can help you keep your heating oil costs under control. Summer is the time to enroll in several of them.

The other reason is that a full tank is a protected tank. It’s protected from condensation and the damage it can cause. Condensation forms on the empty walls of your heating oil tank when there is no more oil in it. Because water is heavier than heating oil, it drips off the wall and sinks to the bottom of the tank.

The condensation that forms on the bottom of your heating oil tank becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria that eventually leads to sludge formation as it sits there. Heating oil sludge is a combination of dirt, rust, and oxidized fuel settled on the bottom of your heating oil tank.
Sludge builds up in your fuel lines, lowering the efficiency of your heating system and causing your furnace or boiler not to get fuel if the pipes are completely clogged. You’ll have no heat, and you’ll be stuck with a hefty repair bill.

Condensation that drops into your heating oil can also cause sediment to form. Corrosion of your heating oil tank from the inside out is possible as a result of this sediment.

Do you have questions about heating oil tanks or heating oil delivery? Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help!

Be free of worries for the coming season.

hvac repair new hampshireGenerally, the only heat people are thinking about right now is the temperature outside, and how great it would be to take a dip in one of our nearby lakes.

But by taking the time now to take care of any needed repairs to or replacement of your home’s furnace or boiler, you’ll have peace of mind that it will be ready whenever you need to turn it back on this coming autumn.

Benefits of heating system service in the summer

One advantage of doing any heating system repairs or replacement during the summer is the convenience. Our service department has a more open schedule, meaning we’ll be able to promptly get to your home to perform any needed service.

The Johnny Prescott service technicians are skilled, trained, and experienced. They have the know-how to help your home’s heating system run at its best, so you get the most out of your investment. Our focus is always on maintenance and repairs first.

Did you notice that your furnace or boiler had problems or just sub-par performance this past winter? We can go over that during the summer, addressing any lingering issues and making any needed repairs so your heating system is operating at its maximum possible efficiency next winter.

When it’s better to repair or replace

At Johnny Prescott, we don’t believe in replacing a heating system just because it’s getting on in years. But if we discover in our tune-up or repairs that replacing your boiler or furnace may be a better option, we’ll give it to you straight. Johnny Prescott will be with you every step, from helping you find the right heating system for your home and budget to expert installation and service.

If it turns out that replacement is the way to go, doing it in the summer will have your new high-efficiency boiler or furnace installed and ready to go when cold weather arrives.

There are multiple factors to consider before replacing your home’s furnace or boiler. Here are some of them.

Repair costs. If you are facing major repairs of your heating system and the cost is more than 50% of what it would cost to replace it, replacement likely makes the most fiscal sense.

Performance. If you are getting poor or uneven heating, we’ll thoroughly go over your heating system to see what repairs can be made and/or determine it’s time to start planning for its replacement.

Heating costs. If your heating costs have risen and repairs aren’t going to make much of a dent, it may be time to begin planning to replace your furnace or boiler.

Future plans. Are you planning to retire or move in the next few years? Upgrading to a new furnace or boiler may make sense. If you’re planning to sell, a new heating system can add to your home’s resale value and enhance its appeal to potential buyers. If you are planning to retire, you’ll have better efficiency and lower energy costs, and you won’t have to worry about replacing it right after moving to a fixed income.

Johnny Prescott makes it easy to set up your heating system tune-up and service. Fill out this form and we’ll promptly get back to you to schedule a visit!

Why this off-season move makes sense

heating installation new hampshireHow’d your heating system do this past winter? If your response isn’t positive, it’s time to start planning to replace it.

Johnny Prescott is here to help. We sell and install top-quality furnaces and boilers, as well as provide expert maintenance and repair services.

This time of year is optimal when it comes to upgrading your heating system. Doing it now is easier for you because our service technicians have a more flexible schedule, meaning that you can have the installation done at a time that is most convenient. It also means that your heating system will be installed ahead of the start of the next heating season.

We’ve put together some things to think about as you make this decision.

When is it time to replace a heating system?

Sometimes, furnace or boiler maintenance and repairs are enough to keep your heating system operational. However, there are times when repairs are just throwing good money after bad, and it makes more sound financial sense to replace your heating system.

The skilled equipment pros at Johnny Prescott can help you with this decision. Here are some questions to ask yourself. 

Are you facing more frequent or more expensive repairs? If the expense of repairing an old heating system is more than 50% of the cost of a new one, it’s time to replace it.

Is your heating system making strange noises? Pops, squeals, rattles, or noisy buzzing might all signal trouble with your heating system. Contact us if you heard those noises last winter and we’ll come take a look for you.

Are your heating costs going up and you can’t explain why? Heating costs are subject to yearly variation based on the weather and market conditions. However, if your fuel usage and expenditures have recently changed significantly, you may need to replace your heating system.

Is your home being heated efficiently? If your heating system isn’t delivering heat, is providing less warmth in some rooms than others, or the air coming out of it feels moist, it’s losing power. A Johnny Prescott service technician can help you determine whether repairs or a new heating system are required.

Are you retiring or planning to move soon? If you’re thinking about selling your house in the next two or three years, a new boiler or furnace will improve its appeal to buyers and add to its resale value. Replacing your heating system now is a smart idea if you’re ready to retire because doing so allows you to have more efficient comfort without having to worry about pricey replacements or major repairs when you’ll be on a fixed income.

New heating systems save energy and money

If your heating system is getting on in years, even with regular maintenance, it’s not going to be as efficient as today’s new, high-efficiency furnaces and boilers. 

The advancement of technology has resulted in heating systems becoming extremely efficient. How good are they? They can deliver efficiencies of up to 98 percent! For every dollar you spend on heating fuel, 98% goes toward heating and only 2% to combustion. From the day you switch your new furnace or boiler on, you’ll get a return on your investment in lower heating costs.

Contact us today to get started on upgrading your heating system.

Know how to keep your home and loved ones safe

propane storm safety new hampshireWith summer coming, the threat of thunderstorms increases here in New Hampshire.

If you use propane in your home, it’s imperative that you know about propane safety so you can protect your family and property. We’ve put together some important information and tips, so you are able to take care of things in the event of an electrical storm.

Before a storm

Pay attention for any propane leaks. When the distinctive rotten-egg stench is there, you can be sure that there is propane gas leaking. Small propane leaks, especially during storms, might get worse and become more dangerous.

Be informed and prepared. All the adults in your household need to know how to shut off the gas main at your propane tank. If you need to evacuate your home, shut off the gas main before you leave. Shutting off the gas main prevents damaged tanks from creating dangerous leaks that could ignite.

During a storm

Be careful. While a storm is happening, stay inside and as far away from power lines and conductive metals such as your propane tank as possible. Avoid places beneath trees, poles, or other tall and conductive objects or structures if you’re outside during a storm. Listen for authorities’ recommendations regarding possible evacuations.

After a storm

Inspect your property. If you can, go outside and look for fallen trees. Look out for downed power lines that may cause harm to your gas tank or pose a risk to the safety of your home and loved ones.

Inspect propane appliances. Check to see if there is any damage, leaks, or other concerns. When inspecting your equipment, don’t use candles since they might ignite leaked propane.

Contact us if there’s a problem. If you believe your propane tank, gas line, or propane appliances are damaged, please contact us IMMEDIATELY. Our experts will meticulously inspect and test your propane tank, lines, and appliances to ensure that all components are in good working order. If you smell gas, immediately follow propane safety rules.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Get in touch with us and we’ll gladly answer them.